Frankie Valli Romancing the '60s
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- Released: October 2, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Motown
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Personnel: Hugh McCracken, Jeff Mironov (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ram¢n Stagnaro (nylon-string guitar); Stacey Shames (harp); Karen Karlsrud, Crystal Garner, Nancy McAlhaney, Cecilia Hobbs Gardner, Maxine Roach, Sarah Adams, Cenovia Cummins , Desiree Elsevier, Joyce Hammann, Lois Martin, Peter Winograd, Jean Ingraham, Avril Brown, Katherine LiVolsi Stern, Jan Mullen, Ricky Sortomme, Yuri Vodovoz, Adrian Benjamin, Jonathan Dinklage (violin); Diane Barere, Daniel Miller, Ellen Westerman, Jeanne LeBlanc, Richard Locker, Eugene J. Moye (cello); Lawrence Feldman (flute, alto flute, piccolo, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Charles Pillow (flute, alto flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Kenneth Hitchcock (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone); Ronald Janelli (flute, alto flute, baritone saxophone); Tim Ries (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Roger Rosenberg (alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Dennis Anderson (alto flute, clarinet, oboe, tenor saxophone); Warren Ham (harmonica); Diane Lesser (oboe); Tony Kadleck (flugelhorn, French horn); Alexandre Sipiaquine, Richie Hagen, Dave Spiers, Jeff Kievit, Bob Carlisle , Dan Culpepper, Chris Komer (French horn); Mike Davis (trombone); George Flynn (bass trombone); Rob Mounsey (piano, keyboards); Robby "Mann" Robinson (Fender Rhodes piano); Paul Shaffer (Hammond b-3 organ); Will Lee (bass guitar); Shawn Pelton (drums); Gordon Gottlieb, Richie Gajate Garcia (percussion); Gordon Grody, Lori Brooks, Kevin Osborne, Gary Janney, Debra Black Clements, Gino Speight, Alfie Silas-Durio, Alex Nester, Fonzi Thornton, Kenneth "Scat" Springs, Kim Mont, Mark Kibble, Nikki Gregoroff, Tawatha Agee, Robin Clark, Jason Paige (background vocals).
In the manner of standards albums by Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart, Frankie Valli's ROMANCING THE '60s has the singer tackling a set of tunes near and dear to the American heart. As one might expect from Valli, he leans toward the pop and R&B of his own era (an era he helped define, incidentally, with the music of the Four Seasons).
But instead of relying on past glories, Valli turns to Brill Building pop, reworking tunes such as Leiber-Spector's "Spanish Harlem" and Bacharach-David's "This Guy's In Love With You." Those looking for light, breezy pop of yore should know that the productions are heavy on strings and full arrangements, but Valli's voice, which can still hit a decent falsetto, holds up admirably.
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